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‘Performance was unacceptable’ says Hornchurch boss McFarlane after Canvey draw

16:15 26 February 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was extremely disappointed with Urchins performance against Canvey Island on Tuesday night and admitted one of the only positives to come from the game was the point they gained.

George Purcell scored the equaliser with six minutes remaining to ensure it finished 1-1 at Bridge Avenue, but McFarlane was less than pleased with the showing from his side.

He said: “I was very disappointed. It’s probably as disappointed as I have been all season and we’ve been beat in games and I’ve probably had more positives than I have for this one.

“It took a lot of courage to come back but I thought it was an unacceptable performance.

“Don’t get me wrong, not everybody performed badly. I thought Dave Rainford was outstanding and the three subs that come on all did well. Carl Rook gives us something different but I expect a lot more from them boys.

“Canvey worked harder than us and they were keener and sharper as well.”

Canvey’s goal from John Sands could have been put down to the visitors being sharper than the host as he blocked Elliot Styles clearance before scoring.

The Urchins manager admitted the players have set the bar high with some outstanding displays this season and can’t let them drop to Tuesday’s level again.

“I thought the pass back to Elliot was lazy, Elliot took too long but the pass back was on his wrong foot,” McFarlane said.

“We’ve played really poorly. Probably as poorly as we’ve played over 90 minutes all season and got a draw. That’s the positive but the negatives far outweigh the positives for me.

“It’s not acceptable by our standards. These boys have set the stool and Saturday against Bognor we were brilliant first half and not as good second half.

“We huffed and puffed a bit more in the second half against Canvey but our quality was awful.”

Spanish keeper Inigo Echepare was called upon and McFarlane praised his keeper, adding: “I think he’s outstanding. He made a great save second half.”

But Purcell and Stefan Payne endured disappointing nights until the former scored towards the end.

That ensured one positive for the Hornchurch manager but there was one more too, McFarlane said: “George comes up with one again.

“I thought the pair of them never really got going all night. They got caught offside, they were grizzling, complaining that they were getting kicked and that is what happens when you are a good player.

“For 20-25 minutes in that second half I thought there was only one team in it but we still couldn’t pass it.

“Our passing was awful but as I say there is probably one positive and that is a point, oh and Kingstonian getting beat!”

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